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Professor in Biomedical and Health Informatics, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Community and Family Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group, Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. A past Olympian of the boycotted 1980 Games, Dr. Harper is an internationally known researcher, clinician and educator in the field of HPV-associated diseases, especially focused on the prevention of cervical cancer. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston in the fields of chemical engineering and polymerics. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kan., where she also did residencies in obstetrics and gynecology, and family medicine. She attended Stanford University, studying medical decision making/cost effectiveness analysis as her master’s of public health thesis.
She has developed and directs the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group, first at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, part of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and now at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in which work on all aspects of HPV-associated diseases, specifically cervical cancer prevention, is conducted both on protocol and clinically.
Dr. Harper helped establish the U.S. national guidelines for the nomenclature of cytology, and the screening and management of abnormal cytology and histology reports (Bethesda 2001, ACS Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines; ASCCP/NCI Consensus Conference on the Management of Cytologic and Histologic Abnormalities).
Dr. Harper has published more than 100 original hypothesis-testing articles in such peer-reviewed journals as The Lancet, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Annals of Family Medicine. Dr. Harper serves as a journal referee for The Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Cancer: Interdisciplinary International Journal of the American Cancer Society, and Evidence-Based Medicine-Cochran Reviews, among others.
Dr. Harper has received numerous regional and national teaching awards during the past 15 years. She has received awards for the best research of the year from the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology in 2000 and 2002. She is an active faculty role model for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. While continuing her research on early detection of cervical cancer at Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Harper was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award to explore the quality-of-life issues related to abnormal Pap tests and the diagnostic work-up engendered. In addition, she has been honored as one of the nation’s top clinicians in her field for the past five years running.Speaker disclosure: Dr. Diane Harper does not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of the activity.
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